International Symposium on Cultural Diplomacy in the USA

"US Cultural Diplomacy in Practice: Building Cultural Bridges to Strengthen the Relationships between America and the Global Community"

(Washington D.C., June 23th - 24th; Baltimore, June 25th; & New York City, June 26th - 27th, 2014)
Monday, June 23rd, 2014
Location: Center for Transatlantic Relations, Washington DC
10:00 - 10:30 “US Cultural Diplomacy in Practice: Building Cultural Bridges to Strengthen the Relationships between America and the Global Community”
Ambassador Andras Simonyi
(Managing director of the Center for Transatlantic Relations at the Paul Nitze School of Advanced International Studies at Johns Hopkins University)
10:30 - 11:00 “Cultural Diplomacy - Perspectives of Trinidad and Tobago”    
H. E. Amb. Dr. Neil Parsan
(Ambassador of the Republic of Trinidad and Tobago to the United States)
11:00 - 11:30 “Investigative Reporting as a Cultural Bridge”
Jeff Leen
(Assistant Managing Editor in Charge of the Investigations Unit, The Washington Post)
11:30 - 12:00 “Cultural Diplomacy - Perspectives of Colombia”
Ms. Tatiana de Germán-Ribón
(First Secretary of Cultural Affairs, Embassy of Colombia to the United States)
12:00 - 12:30 “Cultural Diplomacy Begins at Home”
Yvonne Captain
(Director, MIPP Program Elliott School of International Affairs, George Washington University)
12:30 - 13:00 “The Citizen's Role in Cultural Diplomacy”
Rear Admiral Dr. Joyce M. Johnson

(Rear Admiral (Ret.) U.S. Public Health Service)
13:00 - 14:30 Lunch Break & Travel Time
Location: National Public Radio, Washington DC
14:30 - 16:00 The Influence of American Diversity and Values Through the Rule of Law
The Hon. Alberto Gonzales
(80th United States Attorney General of the United States)
16:00 - 16:30 How Cultural Diplomacy Helped Win the Cold War
Prof. Dr. John J. Tierney
(Walter Kohler Professor of International Relations; Academic Dean, Ad Interim; Chairman of the Admissions Committee, Institute of World Politics)
16:30 - 17:00 Lecture & Discussion
Phil Eskeland
(Executive Director, Korea Economic Institute of America)
17:00 - 17:30 The Potential for American Art & Culture in Transcending Cultural Barriers
Lionell Thomas
(Director, DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities)
17:30 Closing of Day 1
18:00 Group Dinner
Tuesday, June 24th, 2014
Location: Embassy of Bulgaria to the United States, Washington DC
10:00 - 10:30 “Cultural diplomacy at Times of Crisis”
H. E. Amb. Elena Poptodorova
(Ambassador of Bulgaria to the United States)
10:30 - 11:30 An American Perspective”
Senator Richard Bryan      
(Former United States Senator)
11:30 - 12:00 Break
12:00 - 13:00 Diplomacy in Revolutionary Times
Robert S Walker     
(Former Republican Chief Deputy Whip of the United States House of Representatives)
13:00 - 14:00 Lunch Break
Location: Embassy of Bulgaria to the United States, Washington DC
14:00 - 14:30 Lecture & Discussion
Carl N. Grant, III
EVP, Business Development
14.30 - 14.45 “Cultural Diplomacy Through Educational And Cultural Exchange: The Case Of North Carolina-Pakistan School Exchange Project”
Dr. Jesse Lutabingwa
(Associate Vice Chancellor for International Education and Development; Professor of Public Administration at Appalachian State University; Director of the North Carolina-Pakistan School Exchange Project)
14:45-15:30 The Unintended Consequences of Promoting Cultural Diplomacy:  Some Lessons from the American Dream
Prof. Dr. Enrique S. Pumar
(Professor & Chair, Department of Sociology, Catholic University of America)
15:30 - 16:15 Cultural Diplomacy, Global Governance, and Democratic Sovereignty
John D. Fonte
(Senior Fellow and Director of the Center for American Common Culture, Hudson Institute)
16:15 - 17:00 Lecture & Discussion
Yerkin Akhinzhanov
(Deputy Chief of Mission, Embassy of the Republic of Kazakhstan to the United States)
17:00 - 17:30 “Educate to Civilize- Case Study Afghanistan”
Nasratullah Rasa
(Project Director for the “Health Partners International of Canada” in Kabul, Afghanistan)
17.30 - 18:00 “The Role of the Commonwealth Prime Ministers Meeting (CPMM) in resolving the Rhodesia question: The Unrecognized State, 1966-1969”
Jazliza Jamaluddin
(PhD  researcher of Diplomatic History, University of Nottingham, UK)
18:00 - 18:30 “Engaging Civil Society to Promote Women's Rights in the MENA Region: Ensuring the Effectiveness of Cultural Diplomacy”
Sussan Tahmasebi
Co-Founder of the International Civil Society Action Network, Iran
18:30 Closing of Day 2
Wednesday, June 25th, 2014
Location: DDG
9:30 - 10:00 Coffee Reception
10:00 - 10:30 Lecture & Discussion
Anna Yankova
(Director, International Affairs, Office of the Secretary of State of Maryland)
10:30 - 11:00 Lecture & Discussion
Ahsin Rasheed
(Chairman & CEO of DDG)
11:00 - 11:30 Lecture & Discussion
Nina Bankova
(Director, Professional Exchanges, Strategy and Business Development, World Trade Center Institute)
11:30 - 12:00 Lecture & Discussion
Arnold Packer
(Former United States Assistant Secretary of Labor)
12:00 - 12:30 Bridging the Cultural Divide: United States Diplomacy in the 21st Century; Multilateralism v. Exceptionalism.
Dr. Max Hilaire
(Associate Professor & Chairperson, Morgan State University)
12:30 - 13:00 Lecture & Discussion
Elissa Bantug
(Project Coordinator of the Breast Cancer Survivorship Program, Johns Hopkins Sidney Kimmel Comprehensive Cancer Center)
13:00 - 13:30 Lecture & Discussion
Larry Schugam
(Executive Vice President, the Baltimore Curriculum Project)
13:30 - 14:00 Lecture & Discussion
Megan Hamilton
(Program Director, Creative Alliance)
14:00 - Travel to New York City
Thursday, June 26th, 2014
Location: United Nations, New York City
10:00 - 11:00 Lecture & Discussion
H. E. Amb. Simona Miculescu
(Ambassador of Romania to the UN)
11:00 - 11:30

Lecture & Discussion
H. E. Amb. Yuriy Sergeyev
(Permanent Representative of Ukraine to the United Nations)
11:30 - 12:00 “Political Satire as Intercultural Diplomacy' with Kayvon Afshari”
Kayvon Afshari
(Host & Executive Producer, the Mideast Show with Kayvon Afshari)
12:00 - 12:30 “The Possibility of Fiction and Creating New Maps”
Prof. Dr. Angie Cruz
(Assistant Professor, University of Pittsburgh)
12:30 - 13:00 The Role of the Arts in the Contemporary Global Community: One Painters Perspective.
Prof. Dr. Joseph L Adolphe
(Professor, Fine Arts, St. John's College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, St. John's University)
13:00 - 14:00 Lunch Break
Location: United Nations, New York City
15:00 - 15:30 How America can strengthen relations with Turkey, Muslims and the Islamic world
Dr. Oktar Babuna, MD
(Representative, A9 TV Turkey)
15:30 - 16:00 Cultural Diplomacy: A Danish Perspective
Maiken Tandgaard Derno
(Head of Culture and Public Diplomacy, Permanent Mission of Denmark to the United Nations)
16:00 - 16:30 Supporting Diversity through Arts and Culture
Margaret Newman
(Executive Director, Municipal Art Society of New York)
16:30 - 17:00 The Role of Art in Social Justice: using the arts to celebrate, critique, and change our world
Renée Watson
17:00 - 17:30 Cultural Diplomacy and Interfaith Dialogue
Joseph Sung
(Director of North America for Heavenly Culture World Peace Restoration of Light (HWPL) )
17:30 - 18:00 Closing of Day 4
19:00 Group Dinner
Friday, June 27th, 2014
Location: Mission of Croatia to the United Nations, New York City
10:00 - 10:30 Good Governance and the Rule of Lay - EU and UN perspective
H. E. Amb. Vladimir Drobnjak
(Permanent Representative of the Republic of Croatia to the United Nations)
10:30 - 11:00

Lecture & Discussion
Bob Dotson
(American Broadcast Journalist & Host of "American Story with Bob Dotson," NBC News Today Show)
11:00 - 11:30 Narco Music: the Delivery System for Empathy
Angela Beeching
11:30 - 12:00 Does America Actually Have A Cultural Heritage? And If So -  What Is It? And How Can It Affect Change Throughout The Rest Of The World
Kenny Fame
(Poet & Musician)
12:00 - 12:30 The Potential for American Art & Culture in Transcending Cultural Barriers
Emanuel Xavier
(Poet, Spoken Word Artist, Novelist, Editor, and Activist)
12:30 - 13:00

Panda Diplomacy: How Animals Mediate Among Human Cultures
Boria Sax
(Writer & Journalist)
13:00 - 14:00 Lunch Break
Location: Mission of Croatia to the United Nations, New York City
14:00 - 14:30

American exchange programmes and Diasporas in America as a cultural bridge
H. E. Amb. Jānis Mažeiks
(Permanent Representative of the Republic of Latvia to the United Nations)
14:30 - 15:00 “Cultural Identity and the Globalized World”
Teresa Lapid Rodriguez
(Director, George Segal Gallery at Montclair State University)
15:00 - 15:30 The Importance of Cultural Diplomacy through Government Agencies and Institutions of Higher Education
Ludwig Brunner
(Executive Director, the Regina A. Quick Center for the Arts, St. Bonaventure University)
15:30 - 16:00 Obstacles to Cultural Diplomacy: Lessons from the Cold War
Stuart Isacoff
16:00 - 16:30 The Hyphen
Ashok Rajamani
16:30-17:00 Dante to the Present: Poetry as the experience of pilgrimage in religious, social and personal life.
James Finn Cotter
(Professor of English at Mount Saint Mary College, Newburgh NY)
17:00 - 17:30 Living with Intention: Lessons in Cultural Diplomacy
Tia Powell Harris
(Executive Director, Weeksville Heritage Center)
17:30 - 18:00 Conversation between Mark C. Donfried and Novelist Abha Dawesar on Cross Cultural Relationships and the Arts in the Digital Age
Abha Dawesar
(Indian Novelist)
18:00 - 18:30 The Potential for American Art & Culture in Transcending Cultural Barriers
Len Bernstein
18:00 - 18:30 Conclusion of the Symposium